Would you ever imagine the ‘bad vs good’ in a product when doing an everyday chore like laundry? If not, you need to think again.
The bad we’re talking about here is the detergents and soaps that seem to be absolutely fine on the outside, but mostly, are quite opposite to being fine on the inside. Claims like removing the toughest of stains to being able to make your clothes stark white are backed by the use of more chemicals. After all, why does one need power granules in a detergent?
Chemical based products can never be fully compatible with the environment, and the same goes for its usage – probably not compatible with your skin. So what kind of chemicals go into your detergents? Parabens, chlorine, benzene and SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate are some of the most common ones. These are what make your clothes clean, with chances of leaving small amounts back in the clothes. Needless to say, these can interact with the skin and leave you with consequences that are not so pretty.
When organic products that are much more friendlier for your clothes and your skin exist, wouldn’t you want to give it a try? And yes, Rustic Art has a solution for this – Natural Power Laundry and Biodegradable Bio Laundry Soap.
Getting straight to the point of why organic products are better, here are the pros of our Natural Power Laundry and Biodegradable Bio Laundry Soap:
1) No chemical based brighteners, bleach, fragrance boosters, enzymes or fabric softeners.
2) Natural neem powder that acts as a cleansing agent for clothes.
3) Natural lemon extract that extends its fragrance to your clothes.
4) Eco-friendly packaging, completely handmade and free of harsh-synthetic chemicals.
5) A small amount of our powder (1.5 to 2 tbsp) is enough for one load. Being organic in nature, the powder and the soap have pure extracts which is why less amounts work.
6) Not harsh on the skin and clothes.
Laundry products that are closer to nature, good for your clothes and better for you!
“Children are the birth of a parent” they say, and if you’re a parent reading this, you know it to
be true. Right from what your child should wear to the products being used for his/her well-
being, everything has to be scrutinised thoroughly before it is labelled ‘tested ok’!
Buying clothes for your baby is a matter of comfort and there are no compromises in that area.
But maintaining those clothes to the level of same warmth is another one of your concerns.
While baby products are an obvious choice, have you ever wondered what all goes into it?
Chlorine, enzymes, optical brighteners, fabric softeners and foam boosters are the basic
“ingredients” that make your fabric so lovable. If you give it a close thought, none of these are
doing good to your child. All of these have adverse effects on the skin and can have damaging
consequences in the long run.
We don’t mean to scare anybody but yes, when you have an option to let go of chemical-based
products, why not give it a try (at least)? Organic products are not new-age ones, as many
might think. In fact, it is a lifestyle that was practiced way before western influences. Ancestral
Indian lifestyle recommends the usage of indigenous herbs and plants for practically any and
everything, including laundry. The basic fundamental is using natural produce which applies to
the ingredients of organic products now. And of course, you want to know what we hold up in
our sleeve, don’t you?
Natural Little Laundry Powder from Rustic Art:
1. Natural Ingredients
The ingredients of our little laundry include neem powder and natural lemon extract. It
ensure that fabrics are thoroughly cleaned, there is no damage to baby clothes and
emanates natural fragrance of lemons. The powder is handmade and packed in
degradable plastic, thus ensuring optimum sustainability.
2. Soft on Clothes and Skin
The use of neem and lemon in our powder assures that baby clothes stay soft and
chemical free, which in turn does not affect your baby’s skin. There is no damage to the
fabrics and your child will stay absolutely comfortable, even after repeatedly washing
3. No Harmful Elements
Rustic Art’s Little Laundry Powder is chlorine free, has no artificial brighteners,
fragrance, bleach, enzymes, foam booster and fabric softener. Also, using just about 1-
1.5 tbsp of powder for one load does a perfect job of cleaning baby clothes; which
means that ½ kg to 1 kg of this powder will last you for quite a long time.
Make the organic switch one time and we assure you, there’s no turning back!
The arrival of our monthly visitor is like that unwanted guest who you simply cannot avoid! The apprehension starts taking women down a few days in advance in worry of how tasks for the next week will be handled. Your exercise routine, a planned travel (with an unexpected period date) and, well, you know the deal. For us women, menstruation dampens all the spirit with the irritability that sanitary napkins bring along. We weigh and plan activities around this week, probably missing out on a few favourite things we love to do.
The good news is, we have an antidote to handling this natural process in a much better way – the menstrual cup!
A menstrual cup is made from body friendly silicone which is medically approved and is the same material that is used in surgeries. The cup, all of 7cms, seems like too big to be inserted but you’ll be surprised at how accommodating our body is! The basic fundamental of the cup is staying inside by creating a vacuum or suction and that is what keeps it put (really well). The cup collects menstrual blood with no bloody mess on the outside, which is a complete win-win situation.
So how does all this help, in any way? The menstrual cup is a bliss for women who love activities and don’t want to be let down by daily chores when on periods. The cup is your ticket to freedom when it comes to:
We can imagine the cloud of concern that hovers over you when there’s a trip planned around your dates (or unexpected dates!). Right from carrying (read hiding) sanitary napkins, changing and disposing it off – everything is a strategy chalked out in your head. With cups, it’s a breezy process that can be inclusive of all those activities that you probably avoid on a trip, for the fear of spotting or the simple irritation of napkins.
Menstrual cups are fairly simple to carry, insert and remove. The only fact you need to prioritise is hygiene while inserting/removing it. Whether it’s taking a dip in the ocean or getting that adrenaline rush high, cups will let you free!
A week off from exercise during menstruation? Not anymore, literally no excuses! Swimming, running, cycling – you name it, and we say it’s absolutely possible. The biggest advantage that the cup provides is of being able to stay inside for a stretch of 8-10 hours, except on heavy flow days. With a long stretch-worry out of your head, cups help you focus better on your health this way.
3) Daily Chores
Daily chores seem like too much to do with that itchy-wet feeling and the idea of seeing blood in between. But as we have been repeatedly mentioning, sanitary napkins are quite responsible for the irritation during this time. With a cup, the only reminder of periods will be the cramps and if not that as well, it’s like any other normal day, isn’t it?
4) Stay-At- Home Women
Home is where lies a whole lot of work and there’s just no stopping at anything. In fact, homely chores require strength and the will to keep moving without any pauses. But this will takes a u-turn once menstruation rings that bell! Or does it? Menstrual cups are a convenient option that can help you handle homely tasks without any glitch. And you can always take rest when the pain comes calling!
Life should go on as normally as possible for menstruation is a natural process for women. It should not have to be ‘dealt-with’. Switching to cups is just the right answer to welcome this monthly visitor!
We all know the hair woes that dry hair brings with it, hmpf! Frizzy, unmanageable (we mean all over the place) and rough in texture – dryness in hair is a spoiler. To top it all, the texture marrs the chances of having a good hair day and the one thing you probably do every morning is to check and presume how good or bad the hair day is going to be!
The main cause of dry hair is of course, lack of moisture in the scalp. Other reasons could be extreme weather conditions affecting the hair and excess use of chemical based products. A few right steps and switching to organic products might just be the solution to toss all those apprehensions away.
Here is a routine suggested by us, using Rustic Art products to help manage that dry hair!
1. Hair Oil
A hair oil is essentially used to provide nutrition to the scalp and hair. A gentle massage is deeply nourishing and stimulates hair growth. Our hair oil is suitable for all hair types and is a concoction of turmeric, mimosa, amla, neem, hibiscus, brahmi, fenugreek and a lot more hair-friendly medicinal herbs. This oil is also helpful in reducing hairfall, controlling dandruff and for relief from migraine, stress and headache. Best results appear when left overnight.
2. Herbal Shampoo
Our herbal shampoo is loaded with the goodness of wild rose and geranium essential oils along with wheat protein. All these magical ingredients help promote hair growth, keep the scalp hydrated and ensure the right balance of oil on the scalp. Necessary elements packed into one shampoo!
With ingredients like coconut milk, avocado butter and green tea, our conditioner detangles and protects the hair against damage. Providing the hair with necessary nourishment, this conditioner makes the hair healthy, strong and gives them a smooth texture bringing out bouncy and lustrous hair.
The next time you wake up to check on your mane, we’re pretty sure about that good hair day!
People with oily hair have to deal with the worst side-effects of any weather condition. Greasy, flat or lacklustre, oily hair is is tough to deal with. To get a little bit technical, the oil glands on our scalp are supposed to keep the scalp moisturised but sometimes, produce more than required, resulting in oily hair. Managing oily hair can be a task and also means cleaning your scalp 2-3 times a week! Come summers and hair tends to bend towards the greasier side, thanks (but no thanks) to sweat and pollution.
Oily hair can cause dandruff and also attracts dirt, both causing hair loss consequently. Organic products are an easy solution for fighting oily hair woes as using them frequently does not cause any damage. We have a simple hair care routine to maintain shiny, bouncy hair without worrying about the heat:
1. Hair Therapy Gel
Our organic hair therapy gel repairs clogged hair follicles with the help of ingredients like aloe vera, tea tree extract and vitamin E. Aloe vera is known to be an agent that can be termed as a mane’s best friend. Tea tree extract is gentle on the scalp and helps unclog hair follicles; while vitamin E promotes hair growth. A pre-shampoo application of this gel proves fruitful to fight that oil!
2. Pre-Shampoo Conditioner
A deeply nourishing pre-shampoo conditioner that locks the necessary moisture, making your hair strong and healthy. Amla extracts, henna, corn oil, sunflower oil, nut grass oil are just a few ingredients from the many more that concoct a conditioner which is beneficial for the wellbeing of your hair.
3. Rose Shampoo
The benefits of rose for hair are many, including prevention of dehydration of the scalp and therefore preserving the moisture. Rustic Art’s rose shampoo is full with the goodness of wild rose, wheat protein and geranium. Wheat protein promotes healthy hair and prevents hair breakage; while geranium ensures the right balance of oil on your scalp.
Our conditioner uses avocado butter which moisturises and conditions the hair and scalp. The coconut milk in our conditioner is highly beneficial like its partner, coconut milk. Rich in proteins, this milk acts as a tonic for your hair and aids smooth hair.
Following a hair care routine for any weather condition is always a good idea. And when it comes to different types of hair, organic is the way to go, ensuring no chemical damage to that gorgeous mane!
A lot of women the world over are switching to menstrual cups, the new-easy way to go through your periods. In the wake of environment friendly and hygienic periods, the switch has been quite sudden and more aware. All in all, we’re glad the shift has come, better late than never!
But with anything new comes the reluctance of trying it and that’s completely natural. Some inhibitions can be overcome only after being convinced, and so, here we are. First and foremost, all the issues are just in the head. The very first step is to shun these thoughts of not being able to try something new. Order the cup and everything good will follow, take this idea with an open mind.
Here are the most common issues we’ve come across:
A foreign body:
The fear of inserting a foreign body is the primary issue that every woman thinks of. Trust us, it’s not bad at all. It’s more about the psychological block than anything else. Silicone cups use medically graded material which is absolutely fine to be inserted in the body. What makes the insertion easy, is the menstrual blood itself.
This is a concern for some as they find it unhygienic, but it’s absolutely the opposite! Sanitary napkins or tampons are exposed which is more unhygienic, causes itching and smells bad. Menstrual cup avoids these issues and because there is no oxidization of blood, there are no chances of infection or breeding bacteria. It is hygienic for the environment too as it does not involve disposing waste but a simple flush of fluids.
Placement of cervix:
A lot of confusion revolves around picking the size of the cup according to the placement of cervix. Menstrual cup brings a beautiful opportunity to understand the anatomy of your body. Ideally, the vaginal canal is 10 cms long and the cervix is above the canal of 3-4 cms in length, with an expected variation of 2-3 cms. The length of any cup is 7 cms, so quite clearly, measuring the cervix is not required. Exceptional cases would include that of prolapse, in which case using a menstrual cup is not possible.
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Life of the cup:
is at least 10 years, unless lost. If maintained well, the cup can stay longer than 10 years!
No diseases pop as side effects of the cup. To avoid any infection, emptying the cup latest by 10 hours is highly recommended. Ideally, the cup should be emptied every 8 hours.
Toxic Shock Syndrome:
Sanitary napkins and tampons are linked to causing TSS.
TPE vs Silicone:
Most menstrual cups are made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) or silicone. Cups made from silicone are medically approved and the material is the same as used in cosmetic surgeries. These are more durable and are firm in texture which makes folding, inserting and removing the cup a smooth process. TPE cups tend to be less durable and some cases regarding their porous nature have been disliked by many.
We hope this aids the switch and all your concerns have been addressed. The easiest way is to order the cup and try it. Once this happens, you’ll never look at menstruation the same way again.
Changes in seasons affect our bodies in different ways and that includes summer working against that perfect mane. Since it is a dry season, summer has its cons, for which the hair takes a beating. Some of the most common problems faced during this season are:
1. Oily Scalp and Hair
The season is known for humidity and making our sweat glands hyper-active. A combination of these two or either of the reasons can single-handedly make your scalp oily, sweaty and greasy. It takes the life out of your hair and makes it oily too.
2. Dry Scalp and Hair
A season that brings two quite opposite issues together! You know it’s summer when your hair is getting oily and dry-out of control at the same time. Excessive heat snatches the natural moisture away, leaving the scalp dry and making hair unmanageable. And those split ends? Yes, blame it on the season!
Changing weather conditions can cause the onset of dandruff. Owing to dust and excessive heat or the exposure to it, dandruff pops up out of nowhere, leaving your scalp dry and itchy. Well, it is a visitor during all seasons and summer is no exception for some.
4. Hair Fall
Apparently, extreme weather conditions can lead to hair loss normal than average and tropical summers are on top of that list. The heat, coupled with pollution and dust are factors that can have adverse effects on the scalp and hair. These reasons are also responsible for thinning of hair and hair fall too.
5. Frizzy Hair
For those prone to the dark side of humidity and heat, the hair becomes absolutely unmanageable and frizzy, leading to bad hair days! Controlling frizzy hair is a task in itself and leaves the hair damaged to quite an extent.
So does Rustic Art have a solution?
Yes, we do! Sometimes the solution to most annoying problems are comparatively simpler than we think they are. A hair care routine throughout summer can be really helpful in keeping your scalp and hair healthy. Taking care of your mane is always a good idea and whatever the season, it should not be ignored. Based on our products, we suggest a thorough regime that can be followed to make your hair look cooler:
1. Coconut Oil
One of the best remedies, suggested since ancient times in India, for all sorts of hair problems is coconut oil. Rustic Art’s cold pressed, completely organic coconut oil provides you with the necessary nourishment and helps fight all hair related problems. Massage this oil gently onto the scalp and preferably, leave it overnight.
2. Pre-Shampoo Conditioner
Our pre-shampoo conditioner deeply nourishes the hair and locks in the necessary moisture, protecting the hair against damage. With ingredients like coconut butter, olive oil, shea butter, neem oil, avocado butter, brahmi oil and bhringraj oil to name a few, this conditioner makes hair healthy and strong. Apply this oil gently on scalp and hair, at least 15 minutes before washing your hair.
3. Aloe Shampoo
Our aloe shampoo is hand blended and is free of parabens. The combined magic of coconut, bermuda grass, wheat protein and aloe extract works wonders in strengthening hair, while making it shiny and bouncy. It’s not tear-free and you can find out here, why that is good for you. Since this is a concentrated extract, small amounts are enough to clean the hair.
Rustic Art’s hair conditioner is completely organic with the goodness of avocado butter, coconut milk and green tea. These elements deeply nourish the hair, leaving it bouncy and lustrous. It helps de-tangle the hair and protects them against damage.
This summer, let that hair down and party harder, without an inch of worry about bad hair days!
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Menstrual Periods have long been looked down upon for all the taboos and all the pains related to it (pun intended). Mothers or grandmas are not so open to talk about it and girls are often left in the lurking, trying to figure out what hormonal changes are taking place in the body. And once you are accustomed to this monthly visitor, it is one factor that makes you so moody for the one week that it stays. Has it ever crossed your mind why?
Apart from all the judgmental opinions and random opinions, a major factor that keeps you at the edge of your patience is the process to deal with menstruation. Sanitary napkins, the itchy and wet feeling are all responsible for your mood to go haywire. Surprisingly, it is all psychological once you get rid of sanitary napkins; and you can check this for a fact, with women who are using menstrual cups.
The downside of sanitary napkins or tampons begins with the chemicals used in them which can be harmful for your body. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is being talked about all around and it is one issue you need to be aware of. It is caused by a bacteria that can be found due to certain types of highly absorbent tampons, in cases of menstruation, and ignored cases can lead to death.
Did you know? Sanitary pads and tampons take hundreds of years to decompose and on an average, one woman leaves behind 17,000 sanitary napkins on the planet. That’s a lot of non-degradable stuff that one woman is responsible for! If this is a fact that made you think about an eco-friendly way to go through periods, then your answer is menstrual cups.
Quick information about the cup:
➔ Menstrual cups are fast picking up pace as favourites in India, while they have been around for almost 10 years in other countries.
➔ The cup is made from absolutely body-friendly silicone that is used in cosmetic surgeries and hence, is safe to be inserted inside the body.
➔ The soft material of the cup is a factor that helps menstruation be easy and is also the reason why it is fairly simple to remove and insert the cup.
➔ It takes about 3-4 cycles to understand the insertion/removal method, to gauge when the cup is full and to get the cup into your period routine.
➔ Once inserted, the cup is safe to be kept inside the body for about 8-10 hours. Except on heavy flow days when you might need to empty it frequently.
All that you want to know about these little cups of joy, is right here. Complete with the pros and cons:
❏ First and foremost, this is the most eco-friendly way to go through menstruation without producing any toxic waste for the planet. Body friendly silicone used for these cups is reusable and can last up to years, unless lost or damaged.
❏ Based on personal experiences, the first change women world over noticed is how hygienic using cups is. No smell, no blood on the outside and no itching. Sterilising the cup before and after use makes sure everything is disinfected, unlike storing unused pads for a longer time and using them when required.
❏ Women also agreed that they got to understand their body better and their comfort level with their own bodies increased.
❏ Pocket-friendly! The cost of the cup is redeemed in one year of its use as it totals up to the money spent on sanitary napkins and tampons in a year. Plus, reusing it for years ahead is more than redeemed!
❏ Can be used while exercising, including swimming!
❏ Sterilising the cup in an emergency can be troublesome. Especially when you’re travelling.
❏ Some women find it uncomfortable to sterilise the cup, in the presence of the whole family.
❏ Some women might not be comfortable with inserting something inside their vagina.
We personally recommend trying to use menstrual cups at least once, and we can vouch for the fact that you wouldn’t want to go back to using sanitary napkins/tampons after that!